Jl. Jend. Ahmad Yani No. 6, Yogyakarta.
P.: +62 (274) 586 934, F.: 510 996.
Open Tuesday – Thursday 8:30 am – 1:30 pm, Friday 8:30 – 11:00 am, Saturday – Sunday 8:30 am – noon.
Entrance fee charged.
Located north of the Central Post Office (circa 1910), Vredeburg Fort was built by Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono I for the Dutch in 1760. It was reconstructed by Dutch colonial Governor WH Van Osseberch in 1787 and renamed ‘Rusternberg’. In 1867, an earthquake caused extensive damage. Following further restoration the name was changed back to ‘Vredenburg’, meaning the fortress of peace. It was used as a military headquarters during the Dutch, English, and Japanese occupations and included barracks, officers’ quarters, a hospital warehouse and a jail. From 1945 until 1947 it functioned as the Indonesian military headquarters. Within the complex there’s an entrenchment connected by a little bridge, and the main gate leads to the inner complex where 13 buildings including a barn, homes, and halls. The old fort now houses a museum showing the history of Indonesian independence with dioramas, replicas, photos, and paintings. The old barracks have been converted into exhibition halls which frequently display visual arts.
Location is at of D4 on Jogja Map.